Sunday, 1 March 2020
Charles Émile Jacque’s etching, “Monsieur Jules Luquet, Directeur de la Société des Aqua-Fortistes”, 1866
Charles Émile Jacque (1813–1894)
“Portrait of Monsieur Jules Luquet, Directeur of the Société des Aqua-Fortistes”, 1866, plate 241 from the fifth volume of prints produced by the Société des Aquafortistes, “Eaux-Fortes Modernes” (Modern Etchings), published in September 1866 by Cadart & Luquet (fl.1863–1867) and printed by Auguste Delâtre (aka Auguste Marie Delâtre) (1822–1907).
Etching with aquatint on grey chine collé on cream laid paper.
Size: (sheet) 37 x 28.4 cm; (plate) 31.5 x 23.5 cm; (chine collé/image borderline) 25.5 x 20.5 cm.
Numbered on plate above the image borderline: (right) “241”.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (upper left corner) “ch. Jacque 1866”.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (left) “Ch. Jacque sculp.”; (centre) “M. J. LUQUET/ DIRECTEUR de la Société des Aqua-Fortistes./ Paris, Publié par CADART & LUQUET, 79, Rue Richelieu.”; (right) “Imp. Delâtre, Rue St. Jacques, 303, Paris.”
State ii (of ii?) with the addition of publication details.
IFF 332 (Inventaire du Fonds Français: Bibliothèque Nationale, Département des Estampes, Paris, 1930); Beraldi 437 (enri Beraldi 1885, “Les Graveurs du dix-neuvième siècle”, 12 vols, Paris, p. 189).
The British Museum and the National Gallery of Australia offer descriptions of this print: https://research.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=1346277&partId=1&searchText=Luquet&people=119978&page=1;
Condition: richly inked and near faultless impression in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, stains, abrasions, losses, foxing or significant signs of handling).
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